AICPA: 2011 Elijah Watt Sells Award Winners Announced

The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) has announced the winners of the 2011 Elijah Watt Sells Award.
 
The 2011 award was presented to candidates who obtained a cumulative average score above 95.50 across all four sections of the Uniform CPA Examination, completed testing during the previous calendar year and passed all four sections of the Examination on their first attempt. More than 90,000 candidates sat for the Exam in 2011. Thirty-seven candidates met the criteria.
 
The individuals listed below are the 2011 Sells Award winners in alphabetical order, followed by their state board affiliation, education and present employer:
 
·         Brittany Aloi (North Carolina), a graduate of Furman University who holds a Master of Accountancy from North Carolina State University, is currently employed with Reznick Group in Charlotte.
·         Andrea Betassa (Washington), a University of Washington graduate with a BA in Business Accounting and a Master of Professional Accountancy, is employed with Deloitte in Seattle.
·         Derek Bronsky (New Jersey), a graduate of Baruch College with a Bachelor of Business Administration, is presently employed with Rothstein, Kass & Co.
·         Philip Joseph Brudney (Georgia), a graduate of the University of Georgia, Athens with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and a Master of Accountancy, is an employee of Habif, Arogeti & Wynne in Atlanta.
·         Daniel J. Busby (New York), a Syracuse University graduate with a BS in Accounting and Finance who holds a Master of Accountancy from the University of Georgia, is presently an employee of Ernst & Young in Atlanta.
·         Megan V. Cody (New York), a graduate of Lehigh University with a BS in Business and Economics, is presently employed with Ernst & Young in New York City.
·         Elliott Coor (Georgia), an Emory University graduate with a Bachelor of Business Administration, is currently an employee of Deloitte & Touche in Atlanta.
·         Lauren B. Coste (Illinois), a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a BSand Pennsylvania State University with an MBA, is currently employed with Google in Mountain View, California.
·         Nick Crandall (South Carolina), a Clemson University graduate with a BS and MS in Accounting, is presently an employee of Elliott Davis in Greenville, South Carolina.
·         Ben Crowe (Texas), a Mesa State College graduate with a BS in Accounting who holds Master of Professional Accountancy, is a current employee of PricewaterhouseCoopers in Houston.
·         BJ Dinter (Minnesota), a graduate of St. John’s University with a BA and the University of St. Thomas with an MBA, is an employee of McGladrey & Pullen in Minneapolis.
·         Joshua J. Eikenberry (New York), a graduate of St. Olaf College with a BA and Pace University with an MBA, is presently employed with McGladrey & Pullen in New York.
·         Eric Quinby Evans (Washington), a Seattle Pacific University graduate with a double major in Accounting and Business Finance, is presently employed with Bader Martin in Seattle.
·         William Feie (Illinois), a graduate of Northeastern Illinois University with a BS in Accounting, is an employee of Jerome Wright and Associates in Skokie, Illinois.
·         Michael Gould (Illinois), a Miami University graduate with a BS in Accounting and a Master of Accountancy, is an employee of KPMG in Chicago.
·         Michael Hofer (New Jersey), a graduate of Business University in Vienna with an MBA and Regis University in Colorado with an MS in Accounting, is presently employed with Skidata AG in Austria.
·         Mary Elizabeth Howard (Tennessee), a Tennessee Technological University graduate with a BS and an MBA who holds a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee, is currently employed with the Department of Accounting at Tennessee Technological University.
·         Ashley Hubbard (Texas), a graduate of the University of Georgia with a Bachelors of Business Administration and a Master of Accountancy, is presently an employee of PricewaterhouseCoopers in Dallas.
·         David M. Johnson (Utah), a graduate of Brigham Young University with a BS in Accounting and a Master of Accountancy, is presently employed with Ernst and Young in Salt Lake City.
·         Michael Koll (California), a Chapman University graduate with a BS in Accounting and Business Administration, is presently an employee of PricewaterhouseCoopers in Irvine, California.
·         Simon Liang (Illinois), a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago with an MS in Accounting, is employed with Apriori Solutions in Chicago.
·         Cody J. Meglio (Alaska), a graduate of Marietta College with a BA in Accounting, Finance and Economics, is presently employed by Ernst & Young LLP in Charleston, West Virginia.
·         Nguyen Thao Ngo (Alaska), a graduate of the University of Missouri – St. Louis with a BA in Accounting and Finance and a Master of Accountancy, is presently an employee of PricewaterhouseCoopers in San Francisco.
·         Christopher Perry (New Jersey), a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University with a BS and MS in Accounting, is currently employed with Gino Mallamaci in Morganville, New Jersey.
·         Steven Purvis (Oregon), a Washington State University graduate with a BA in Business Administration and a Master of Accountancy, is employed with Deloitte in Portland, Oregon.
·         Ekaterina Valentinova Saeva (Illinois), a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Master of Accounting Science and of the American University in Bulgaria with a BA in Business Administration and European Studies, is presently an employee of Ernst & Young in Chicago.
·         Katherine Gail Sage (Massachusetts), a graduate of Cornell University with a BS in Biological Studies, is presently employed with Deloitte Tax in Boston.
·         Tyler Steven Schehl (Illinois), a University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign graduate with a BS in Accounting and Finance, is presently employed with CNA in Chicago.
·         Timothy Andrew Smith (Texas), a graduate of Louisiana Tech University with a BS in Accounting and a Master of Accountancy, is an employee of Deloitte in Dallas.
·         Cory Mark Snyder (Kentucky), a Campbellsville University graduate with a BSBA, is presently employed by Ernst & Young in Louisville.
·         Richard L. Sohns Jr. (Texas), a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Masters in Professional Accounting, is employed with Deloitte in Dallas.
·         Kiely Lenore Strohmaier (Washington), who graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in Business Administration and Gonzaga University with a Master of Accountancy, is currently an employee of CliftonLarsonAllen in Moss Lake, Washington.
·         L. Kyle Summerlin (Florida), a University of Central Florida graduate with a BSBA in Accounting and a MS in Accounting, is currently an employee of Ernst & Young in Orlando.
·         Han Sun (North Carolina), is a graduate of Sun Yat-sen University with a Bachelor of Management and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Master of Accountancy, is an employee of PricewaterhouseCoopers in Charlotte.
·         Michael Triano (New Jersey), a Montclair State University graduate with a BSBA in Accounting, is presently an employee of PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York.
·         Matthew Thomas Van Buren (Pennsylvania), a graduate of Villanova University with a BS in Accounting, is an employee of Grant Thornton in Philadelphia.
·         Tracie Megan Wise (Florida), a University of West Florida graduate with a BSBA in Accounting, is presently an employee of O’Sullivan Creel in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.
 
The Elijah Watt Sells Award program was established in 1923 by the AICPA to recognize outstanding performance on the Uniform CPA Examination.
 
Elijah Watt Sells, who passed away in 1924, was one of the country’s first CPAs under the provision of a New York State law enacted in 1896 and a leader in advancing professional education. He was active in the establishment of the AICPA and was a founder of New York University’s School of Commerce, Accounts and Finance. The Sells award was created by the AICPA in 1923 in his honor.
 

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